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Forging Ahead

GEO Works Hard to Advocate the Benefits of Geothermal Heat Pumps in Our Capital and Across the Nation It’s a hectic time for the Geothermal Exchange Organization (GEO), the primary national advocacy group for the geothermal heat pump (GHP) industry. From demanding equal treatment at the federal level with other renewable energy industries, to providing […]

GEO Board Welcomes Michael Albertson

March 4 – By unanimous vote during a teleconference meeting, the Geothermal Exchange Organization (GEO) confirmed replacement of Board Member Tom Huntington (WaterFurnace International, Inc.) by Michael Albertson. Huntington passed away on Feb. 12, after a heroic battle with cancer. The Board also confirmed David Hules (Emerson Climate Technologies) as a replacement for Chris Mays, […]

Congress OKs Sweeping 11th Hour Legislation

GEO Wins Tax Extenders and Gains a Clear Path Forward for Extension of Tax Credits Dec. 18 – The U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate passed a $1.1 trillion Omnibus bill to fund the government and a companion bill to provide $650 billion in tax relief over 10 years. According to Geothermal Exchange Organization […]

GEO Washington Fly-In

The Geothermal Exchange Organization (GEO) Board of Directors, with GEO staff and members of the group’s Bracewell & Giuliani advocacy team, staged a Fly-In to Washington, DC on Sept. 30, followed by a Board of Directors meeting on Oct. 1 (box, pg.3). Boots on the ground included Board Chairman Steve Smith (Enertech Global LLC) , […]

GEO Board Expanded, Utility Dues Slashed

During its meeting on Oct. 1 in Washington, DC, the Geothermal Exchange Organization (GEO) Board of Directors confirmed by unanimous vote that new ClimateMaster President and CEO Richard Aldridge will replace Dan Ellis on the Board. Mr. Aldridge has expressed his strong desire to be an active participant with GEO. The Board then unanimously voted […]

EPA Won’t Increase Geothermal Efficiency Levels for Energy Star Rating

Good news for the U.S. geothermal heat pump industry. The Geothermal Exchange Organization (GEO) recently learned that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will not be increasing the efficiency standards for geothermal heat pumps (GHPs) listed in the Energy Star Program.  Over the past several months GEO President and CEO Doug Dougherty has participated in […]

Maryland PSC Order Redefines Energy Efficiency

Aug. 5 – A Maryland Public Service Commission decision in late-July set a 2% energy efficiency goal by 2020 for the five largest utilities in the state. The goal puts the state in the lead for energy efficiency targets. The order gives utilities 5 years to reach the target. “Maryland regulators found the lifecycle cost […]